Polar Class Spring 2020

January 2020


Dear Parents and Carers,


Happy New Year to you all!


It is lovely to welcome back the children and we are looking forward to a positive and productive new term.


Our topic heading for this term is “Blast off!” – so we may very well be taking a journey to the Moon!  But this theme will also encompass the investigation of lights in the dark and opportunities to experience, explore and learn about the difference between light and dark.


Our sensory curriculum will continue to provide us with inspiration and lots of opportunities to investigate this theme through play and exploration.  Our curriculum is creative and interactive we explore using a variety of sensory and immersive activities, to stimulate the children’s awareness and encourage participation in their learning.


We will be working closely with the SLT team this term to progress with developing and setting up total communication systems for individual pupils. We will continue to develop speaking and listening through the use of on body signs, Makaton signs, objects of reference, visual and auditory cues. We will also have regular opportunities for intensive interaction.


Targeted input and advice from the physiotherapist and occupational health therapist to focus on individual physical development, wellbeing and postural management has been invaluable throughout the autumn term and continues. Hydrotherapy sessions will be incorporated into physical development targets. There will also be Special Yoga sessions to develop stretching and calming routines.


Weekly dance, music and P.E. sessions will be delivered by specialist teachers.  We have established some fantastic bonds with our mainstream peers during some of these sessions and this will continue to develop this term.


Personal, social and emotional development will focus on developing self- awareness and an awareness of others and our environment.  It is clear that the class are beginning to bond as a group and become familiar with the daily routines in school.


Our curriculum aims to develop an understanding of the world around us through a varied diet of activities including cooking, gardening, ICT focussed sessions and exploration of the local environment. We hope to make at least one trip further afield this term.


Please keep using the home/school books to let us know about things you do with your child at the weekends or about any other news you wish to share – so that we can talk about this to the children at the beginning of the day.


With best wishes, Lilia Koskinen (class teacher), Charlotte, Moira, Desi, Chadelle (SMSA) and Zaira (SMSA)